July 25, 2016
Larry Tye is the author of "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon" I know the Democratic nominee has a lot on her mind as she prepares to accept her party's coronation. But as she hones her theme for the Clinton-for-President general election campaign, I suggest she look for inspiration from the White House bid of half a century ago by a Democrat she says she adores. In the mid-1960s, America was undergoing social and political upheaval that seems eerily familiar today.
July 12, 2016 |
The New City Stage Company's Roseburg , running through July 31 at the Adrienne Theater Second Stage, is a play about gun control, set in the 1960s, when great figures are being assassinated and Stokely Carmichael, ironically a former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is encouraging the disenfranchised and marginalized to take up arms. It is a fever dream of political theater, and its timeliness is eerily unsettling. Ginger Dayle writes and directs, with Russ Widdall acting as Bobby Kennedy (as he did in New City's RFK )
June 8, 2016
By Chris Coons Last week, I led a group of my colleagues on a trip to South Africa. Along with Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.), a hero of America's civil rights movement, and Kerry Kennedy, president of RFK Human Rights and daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, we traveled to South Africa to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the senator's historic "Ripples of Hope" speech at the University of Cape Town. On June 6, 1966, speaking to a nation struggling through the cruel injustices of apartheid, Kennedy began his speech by describing "a land in which the native inhabitants were at first subdued, but relations with whom remain a problem to this day; a land which defined itself on a hostile frontier; . . . a land which was once the importer of slaves, and now must struggle to wipe out the last traces of that former bondage.
September 19, 2014 |
James J. Florio was a 31-year-old lawyer who had just passed the bar exam when he went to see Sen. Robert F. Kennedy speak in Camden as part of his campaign for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination. RFK spoke to a largely African American crowd of more than 10,000 people in the city's packed Convention Hall, since destroyed by fire. "He was serene, almost religious, in the way he talked about equity and social justice," the former Democratic governor said Wednesday, recalling the speech.
November 6, 2013 |
Before New City Stage Company's return engagement of RFK begins, Ren Manley's collection of vintage black-and-white commercials and film clips, projected onto an onstage wall, sets the scene. There's an obituary reel for Marilyn Monroe - that favorite of Bobby's big brother Jack - as well as an ad touting the luxury of oil heat, and Don Knotts schooling the young Ron Howard about tough-guy behavior. When the lights dim, we hear the unmistakable muffled pop of a television's button turning off. There's no shortage of nostalgia-tripping in this production, with even more evocative assists by Procol Harum, Jefferson Airplane, and other bands from the era. The multimedia effects work both on boomers, who remember exactly where they were when they heard the terrible news, and on younger audiences living through their own era of dashed hopes and undeclared wars.
January 13, 2013 |
DALLAS - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his uncle, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship. " Kennedy and his sister Rory spoke about their family Friday night during an interview with Charlie Rose at in Dallas. The event was part of observances marking the 50th anniversary of the president's death. Kennedy was killed Nov. 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through Dallas.
October 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - On Wednesday night, Jayson Werth watched as his old Phillies teammate and friend Raul Ibanez hit a ninth-inning, game-tying home run, then a walkoff home run, to lead the Yankees over the Orioles. "Baseball this time of year is the best time in sports," Werth said. "I watched all the games. I probably texted him 20 times. " Thursday night, it was Ibanez' turn to congratulate Werth, whose leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Nationals a 2-1 win over St. Louis and forced a decisive Game 5 Friday night in their National League Division Series.
October 10, 2012 |
The history play RFK , which opened Saturday, is special in several ways. Unlike most one-person plays, its two acts feel genuine, not like the usual forced conversation with unearned extremes. Also, it puts us easily into another era - with time-machine force. And it's exceptionally well performed, by Russ Widdall, co-artistic director of New City Stage Company, the play's producer. Widdall does not look like Robert F. Kennedy, the man he inhabits for two hours on the Adrienne Theatre's Second Stage, but he sounds and moves like him - or at least like the general memory of him, which is almost as good as the real thing.
May 18, 2012 |
BEDFORD, N.Y. - Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, who had fought drug and alcohol problems, was found dead in her home Wednesday. Attorney Kerry Lawrence, who had represented her in a drunken-driving case, said he didn't know the cause of her death at age 52. An autopsy was set for Thursday. Police confirmed a body was found on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s property in Bedford, north of New York. The former Mary Richardson married Robert Kennedy Jr., a prominent environmental lawyer and the son of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, in 1994.
November 14, 2008
AS I READ your recent article about the New Black Panthers, I asked myself if they were turning a blind eye to the real problems in this city. I'm an African-American woman, and, as I see it, their issues are with the wrong people. It's not the white supremacists or the white man who's the cause of what's happening in this city where blacks are concerned, and they need to open their eyes as to where the true blame is to be placed. They need to point their anger at blacks who are robbing, raping and killing their own people.